Public Art

ECA+ strives to bring art to the community through its funding and organizing public art projects throughout the Easthampton area.

Detail of mural By Peggy Grose

Mural by Tom Pappalardo


Sculptural Bike Racks

In 2013, ECA+ commissioned artists to create permanent sculptural bike racks on Cottage and Union Streets. Carolyn Clayton and Ben Westbrook created a colorful sculpture at the corner of Union and Railroad Streets at a major Easthampton entryway for the Manhan Rail Trail. Matt Johnson designed and made "Guitar Icon" located in the heart of the Cottage Street Cultural District.

Bear Fest

The The 2009 and 2012 Easthampton Bear Fest were summer long fiberglass sculpture festivals that brought thousands of visitors to the city and raised over $110,000 for local arts programs, artists, and organizations. Creatively transformed fiberglass bears by locally and nationally known artists were exhibited throughout the Easthampton downtown area. Easthampton City Arts+, the city arts organization that spearheaded Bear Fest, was honored to accept an MCC Gold Star Award—a program (2009) that annually recognizes model community arts, humanities and science projects funded by the 329 Local Cultural Councils (LCCs) across the state.


ECA+ formed committees and judged applicant submissions to select the following murals:

Mural located at the corner of Chapman Avenue and Union Street created by Holyoke artist Nancy Howard Smith.
Mural located on the corner of Pine & Cottage Streets, created by Easthampton artist, Peggy Grose.
Mural on Cottage Street, completed by Northampton artist, Tom Pappalardo

learn more about 2012 Bear Fest

Nancy Howard Smith painting